COVID-19 update for Dec. 3: 368 new cases, five deaths | Confusion at Canadian airports over when new testing rules start for travellers | couple ordered to pay back $12,000 in CERB benefits

Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Dec. 3, 2021.


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We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

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As of the latest figures given on Dec. 2:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 219,180 (3,020 active)
• New cases since Dec. 1: 368
• Total deaths: 2,345 (five additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 284
• Intensive care: 97
• Total vaccinations: 4,234,504 received first dose; 4,076,233 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 213,694
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 5


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New U.S. international travel testing rules take effect Monday

New rules requiring international air travellers arriving in the United States to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within one day of travel will take effect Monday at 12:01 a.m. ET, according to an order issued late Thursday.


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The administration is considering whether to grant temporary exemptions for about two dozen countries where access to same-day testing is limited, but the details are still being finalized, the sources added. Those exemptions could last for only about a week and are expected to be detailed on Friday.

— Reuters

Confusion at Canadian airports over when new COVID-19 testing rules start for travellers

Confusion has been growing at some Canadian airports that say they want more direction from the federal government since it changed COVID-19 testing rules for travellers.

As health officials from around the world warned about the new Omicron variant, Ottawa announced earlier this week that all air passengers entering Canada, except those from the United States, need to be tested upon arrival and isolate until they get their results.


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The rule also applies to those who are fully vaccinated against the virus.

But there have been few details on when testing will start.

Giovanni Taboylilson said he was tired and puzzled after arriving Thursday at Edmonton International Airport from Jamaica. He said he was told by airport officials during his layover in Toronto that new rules were kicking in at midnight

He said he was randomly selected for a test in Toronto, was told his results would be available in three days, and was allowed to continue to Edmonton.

Read more HERE.

—The Canadian Press

368 new cases, five deaths reported in B.C.

British Columbia COVID-19 vaccination rate for those five years and older has reached 85 per cent for the first shot and 81.8 per cent for the second dose.


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A statement from the Health Ministry says there have been 368 new cases of COVID-19 and five more deaths.

Five health-care facilities currently have outbreaks, including Ridge Meadows and St. Paul’s hospitals in Metro Vancouver.

Hospitalizations have dropped slightly to 284 people, with 97 of those in intensive care units.

For the week of Nov. 24 to 30, 57.9 per cent of those in hospital were not fully vaccinated.

The province has distributed more than 8.7 million doses of vaccines since December last year.

Regina couple ordered to pay back $12,000 in CERB benefits

A Regina couple who depended on CERB during the pandemic has now been told that they will have to pay $12,000 back to the federal government.

Kristen Lamond-McRae’s husband, Curtis, was laid off from his job as an electrician in April of 2020. Kristen was laid off from her job as a massage therapist for six weeks. Just like the eight million other Canadians who lost work during the pandemic, Curtis received CERB. He later returned to work in November 2020.


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Last week, the couple was shocked when they received a letter from the federal government telling them that they had to pay the money back.

“We were just dumbfounded and surprised because we legitimately applied for this CERB that was supposed to be there to help us out. We knew that we would have to pay taxes on it so we prepared for that, but we did not expect to get a bill in the mail,” said Kristen.

The couple was told that they have until the end of the year to repay the money, or it would be factored into their income taxes. Kristen said she has reached out to the federal government to ask what went wrong, but has not received a reply yet.

Read more HERE.

—Mark Melnychuk


Find out how your neighbourhood is doing in the battle against COVID-19 with the latest number of new cases, positivity rates, and vaccination rates:


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LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

–with files from The Canadian Press



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